Fire Scout (MQ-8B)

USA Northrop Grumman UAV
Region:  USA and Canada    Country:  USA    Category:  UAV    Company:  Northrop Grumman   
Fire Scout (MQ-8B)
Use(s): provides situational awareness and precision targeting support Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman Corp, USA Users: US Navy and US Army Powerplant: Rolls-Royce 250-C20W, 420shp heavy fuel JP-4, 5 or 8 Dimensions: length: 9.2m (with blades folded forward), height: 2.9m, rotor diameter 8,4 Weight: MTOW: 1,428.8kg, max payload: 600lb Performance: speed: 115+kt, endurance: 8+hrs (total flight time with baseline payload), ceiling: 20,000ft, mission radius: 150nm Payload: FUR Systems Brite Star II EO camera/ IR camera/laser designator and targeting system, ARC-210 UHF/VHF/SINGCARS radios, Coastal Battlefield Mine and Reconnaissance System (COBRA) mine detector Data Link: TCDL Guidance/Tracking: Kearfott navigation system Launch: VTOL Recovery: VTOL Electrical Power: 120/208V AC, three-phase 50/60Hz GCS: US Navy: Tactical Control System integrated into Littoral Combat Ship or standalone capability; US Army: Brigade Combat Team Modernisation (BCTM) Designed Universal GCS or One System Status: US Navy: in LRIP, US Army: in development



VR-64 transports Fire Scout UAV

2013-04-22
VR-64 transports Fire Scout UAV
The MQ-8B is a remote piloted helicopter capable of shipboard launch and recovery. The aircraft will see action supporting naval operations throughout the theater, providing reconnaissance and situational awareness.

Navy Arms Its First Unmanned Vehicle -- Fire Scout

2011-11-25
Navy Arms Its First Unmanned Vehicle -- Fire Scout
The Navy will place arming its fleet of Fire Scout drones with a modified Hydra rocket, heralding a new era in unmanned combat for the service.An armed Fire Scout will dramatically cut the Navy's kill chain, or time it takes to identify, track and eventually sink an enemy target.

Navy Tests Mean Green Killing Machine

2011-10-18
Navy Tests Mean Green Killing Machine
The U.S. Navy recently announced that it had successfully flown the first unmanned biofuel flight of a MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at its base near Patuxent River, Md.


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